The Drywood termite swarmer is up to 7/16" 1/2" long including wings. The head and pronotum orange brown, abdomen dark brown and wings have a smokey tinge.
The Drywood termite soldier is up to 5/16" or 5/8"-1/2" reddish brown in color with mandibles, the number of teeth on the mandibles are an uneven amount.
The Drywood termite will colonize in attics where temperatures may exceed 131 F. Here they locate their colonies in wood with more favorable temperatures, such as celling joists that have their bottom sides cooled by the A/C below.
Signs of Infestation
Drywood termites eat across the natural grain, eating both spring and summer wood. The Drywood termite will make chambers connected by tunnels whose walls are smooth as if finely sanded. When conditions are dry, the Drywood termite will accumulate at the bottom of each chamber with their own fecal pellets to seal it off.
Drywood termites are usually controlled by whole house fumigation or localized treatment.